Our Retreats

Our Retreats

Namchak’s programs are designed to bring greater happiness and meaning to life through meditation, community, and retreat. Tibetan and Western master teachers share one of the oldest lineages of Tibetan Buddhist practice to help you skillfully navigate modern day life. Designed for those establishing a practice for the first time and experienced practitioners, our programs will support developing your inner life so you can then take it out into your community and the world.

four immeasurable retreats
Intro to Vipassana Meditation Retreat - Khen Rinpoche
37 practices of a bodhisattva retreat
Clearing the lens retreat
Waking up in community retreat
Shamata Retreat
Vipassana Meditation Retreat
Vipassana Three Retreat  Exploring Phenomena, Tibetan Style

Retreat Schedule 2021 

Shamata Meditation Retreat
The Tibetan Buddhist Practice of Calm Abiding


April 2-4

The Four Immeasurables Retreat
Cultivating Vast and Profound Connection


April 30-May 2

Clearing the Lens Retreat
Seeing Beyond Our Projections


Registration Closed

June 4-6

Vipassana Three Retreat
Exploring Mindfulness of Mind & Phenomena


October 29-31

Vipassana Two Retreat
Exploring Mindfulness of Body & Feeling 


April 9-11

The 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva


August 6-8

Vipassana One Retreat
Intro to Vipassana


October 22-24

Waking Up in Community Retreat
Practices for Deep and Satisfying Relationships


TBA Fall

About Namchak

Namchak brings ancient meditation practices to modern life through online learning, in-person retreats, and a vibrant community guided by Tibetan masters and Western teachers. We support students on every step of the path, from those exploring mindfulness for the first time to more experienced students looking to deepen their practice. We offer a variety of learning programs, including in-person teaching, small group learning, online courses, and soon-to-be-established residential retreats at the Namchak Retreat Ranch in western Montana.

*sometimes spelled “Sang-Ngag”

What People Are Saying

“Lama Tsomo’s presence radiates light and kindness.” -Kendall, Student

“Lama Tsomo gives me new ways to summon calm and equanimity in a sea of storm in the world through various meditation techniques.From her to me, from me to you, from you to the universe with each breathe.The world is better.” – Huey-Min, Student


Our intention is to make this workshop financially accessible to all. Please choose the tuition amount that works for you. If the program costs present a financial barrier or you are interested in a stipend to offset the cost of childcare, please contact amanda@namchak.org.

Stipends to help offset the cost of childcare are also available. Please contact amanda@namchak.org for more information.


Our Teachers

About Lama Tsomo:

Lama Tsomo is an American lama, author, and co-founder of the Namchak Foundation. She followed a path of spiritual inquiry and study that ultimately led to her ordination as one of the few American lamas in Tibetan Buddhism. Lama Tsomo learned Tibetan to study with her teacher Gochen Tulku Sangak* Rinpoche, and now shares the teachings of the Namchak lineage in the US and abroad. Lama Tsomo holds a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and is the author of the award-winning book, “Why Is the Dalai Lama Always Smiling? A Westerner’s Introduction and Guide to Tibetan Buddhist Practice.” She is passionate about reaching young people and supporting those working for positive social change.


About Khen Rinpoche:

Khen Rinpoche is a Tibetan Master who completed the study of all the Indian Buddhist philosophical traditions and the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism under numerous great teachers. He also completed nine years of rigorous training and served at the Namdroling Monastery for several years. Enthroned as Khenpo by HH Penor Rinpoche, he taught at the Shedras of Ringo Tulku and Shechen Monastery for many years, as instructed. Khen Rinpoche strictly abides by his precepts in everyday life and is diligent in his practice. He visits and teaches \ around the world, including the Namchak Foundation and the Namchak Retreat Ranch, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and other locations. While in the U.S., he resides and meditates at the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas in Arlee, Montana.


Our Community Commitments

In order to co-create a brave, inclusive, anti-oppressive and learning-centered space, in our community we each agree to: 

  • Be inclusive of diverse opinions and backgrounds through treating each other with respect and appreciation.
  • Commit to words and actions of non-harm within our group interactions.
  • Learn by immersing in these practices and giving them a real test drive.
  • Hold personal sharing in confidence.
  • Be present, practice mindful listening, and do not offer unsolicited advice.
  • Allow and invite for equal sharing of voices as well as the right to pass.
  • Take care not to speak for others in the group.
  • Assume good intent and come from a place of curiosity and care.
  • Come as we are with permission to be “raggedy.” 
  • Be mindful of and take personal and collective responsibility for our own biases including the use of language that may “other,” “cancel,” or dehumanize any person, groups of people, and/or their experiences. 
  • Perfection is not expected although personal and collective responsibility always is. Use the “Ouch/Oops” tool to address hurtful comments and language in the moment and to allow space for repair.* 

We aspire for this sangha to be a place of refuge. 

*Ouch/Oops . This is a tool for addressing hurtful comments/language in the moment. If someone says something hurtful, anyone can bring attention to it in the moment by saying “Ouch” and then explaining what was hurtful. If it is a word choice issue, be sure to give the first speaker the chance to rephrase and try again (remember, it’s okay to be raggedy, and we are all assuming good intent!) When someone says something that comes out wrong or hurts someone else, they should start with “Oops” – first, acknowledge the impact of their words, and then try again. This can also be done outside of the event if someone feels an “Ouch,” but does not feel comfortable sharing it with the group at that time. 

Additional Resources

Learn more about the Namchak lineage including stories, history, and more about Vajrayana Buddhism here.

We also have a “Preparing for Retreat Guide” that provides students with additional resources, steps for preparing for a retreat, connecting to community, Namchak’s guiding values, and more.

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